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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 15 2012 7:17 p.m. MDT

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azreader1
tucson, AZ

Can someone explain to me why this apparent monster is consistently described as a "GOP activist?" Is that his only station or employment in life, and more importantly, does it have anything to do with the despicable acts he is alleged to have committed?

jasonlivy
Orem, UT

This reminds me of Sandusky's trial...a person who thinks he's completely innocent, who, in his own sick mind, has never done anything wrong, but who's victims are so compelling and believable that no jury would ever doubt the truth of what really took place.

jpjazz
Sandy, UT

Assuming that the reported testimony is true, this guy needs to be removed from society, It angers me to see how he used the LDS culture and LDS singles organization to seek out these victims particularly those who he could dominate and threaten. Presenting a recommend as proof of character is a particularly alarming red flag. If anyone ever tries this tact, run, run away quickly!

Ogdenite
Lincoln, UT

I never heard the woman in the article say "no." How was the alleged rapist supposed to know how she was feeling if she never communicated it? I feel bad for defending this guy here, but the woman who testified didn't exactly help herself out, in the courtroom or in the alleged rapist's cabin.

sorrytowakeyou
Heber City, UT

I'm really starting to wonder if the Wasatch County prosecutor or whoever she reported this incident to is awake.

If she reported this to Wasatch County and nothing was done, someone needs to be fired and then sued. If my daughter ever went through something like this and reported it only to be ignored by the so called law enforcement, they would be getting a call from the meanest attorney I could find.

Serenity
Manti, UT

If he really had a temple recommend, I wonder who the bishop was who gave it to him? I don't mean to be judgmental, but this is just way over the top. Just because he paid his tithing and even made contributions to charitable causes, doesn't make him a good person. How can such a pervert possess a temple recommend? If he was issued a recommend where was the discernment a bishop and a stake president are supposed to possess when they are defending the temple against such people? Somehow, if he had a current recommend, makes recommend holders a little suspect and it makes me wonder how many times the temple has been desecrated by such a person's presence in the temple. I sincerely hope that the temple recommend he said he had was long expired.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Ogdenite Lincoln, UT
"I never heard the woman in the article say "no." How was the alleged rapist supposed to know how she was feeling if she never communicated it?"

A word of advice to women living in Lincoln, Utah. When asked by Ogdenite to go on a date I'd recommend you say "no".

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

azreader1:

It is likely that he used his GOP activist status to impress women and lure them on dates and perhaps to the cabin which was used for GOP functions. I'm sure that was part of his allure or whatever to these women. It also sounds like Wasatch County may have been slow on the trigger to investigate or prosecute him and it stands to reason his connections as a GOP activist may have been a factor with this, certainly a matter worth further investigation as well. That's why I think it is fair game to report his connections there as well as reporting his church standing, which again he seemed to use as ways to meet these women.

yarrlydarb
Ogden, UT

re. azreader1,

I don't know why the DNews journalist(s) keep referring to Peterson's connection to the GOP, but I find it quite amusing.

jill17
Salt Lake City, UT

Im a single 30 yr old woman who dates a lot in Utah. I agree with ogdenite. if she didn't communicate it by saying no, what did she say and how was Peterson supposed to know?
and by asking this honest question, i am not saying he's innocent, nor defending Peterson, but i would like to know. its curiosity, and vital info to the case.

ModerateBob
Salt Lake City, UT

Obviously, the article doesn't contain her entire testimony, nor the entire testimonies of the other 3 alleged victims. That said, apparently their testimonies were enough to convince the judge to allow the case to continue to move forward and to increase the bail to 2 million dollars. Must have been something there.

hot fudge
layton, UT

I just want to respond to a couple of things. To those that are harping on the word "no": She didn't even want to go with him and told him so. When he told her of the gun his purpose was to override her "no." It was a threat on her life, he kidnapped her. Anything he did following that was contrary to her will. Then he kept that threat fresh in her mind to make her comply. She didn't have to use the word "no" every time he made a choice for her for him to know it was not her choice.

Also, the questioning described in the article about the likelihood of multiple rapes bothered me a lot. I don't know how common it is, but being repeatedly victimized does happen. Predators look for people who can be manipulated and those that have not recovered from a previous attack are particularly vulnerable. His wasn't a random attack, he put effort into targeting the women he chose.

John Stewart Pill
Salt Lake City, Utah

RE: Azreader1

When someone who hosts fund raising events for Mike Lee, Mitt Romney, and Jason Chaffetz rapes and sexually abuses several women, it becomes a significant news item, and it would be pretty bad journalism NOT to highlight his fairly prominent role as a GOP activist. Even if that means Republicans don't like to see their party associated with an alleged rapist. It's not that hard to understand.

Penguin Inc.
Salt Lake City, Utah

"She said Peterson offered to show her his LDS temple recommend."

That, right there, is just plain hilarious.

Max
Charlotte, NC

Serenity,

It stands to reason that someone with the lack of conscience and morality to threaten, hit, and rape these young women would also lack the conscience and morality to be truthful in a Temple Recommend interview.

OneAmerican
Idaho Falls, ID

@azreader1 3:52 p.m. Aug. 15, 2012

I asked the same question back when the story first broke. It is a legitimate question. I don't recall DesNews constantly referring to the man's profession who killed the little girl in Jordan. The fact that it says GOP causes me to question the motivation for using the reference. Couldn't he, based on his MO, be as easily referred to as "proclaimed devout member of the LDS church?" I'm LDS, but I don't find the GOP thing any less offensive than that would be. This guy used the LDS angle much more than he did his connection to the GOP to carry out his deeds, so why the constant "GOP Activist". The LDS church had nothing to do with these crimes and neither did the GOP. I find it utterly offensive. I would ask Desnews to use "alleged rapist" and leave it at that...out of common decency.

krissy
Sterling, VA

It's creepy to use the "LDS temple recommend" ploy to get a date, but he is not alone in trying this. When I was single, this happened frequently and it annoyed me. I alway felt like the person bragging about having it was trying to overide my judgement on character and give themselves dating advantage. I was even told once by Bishop that I should not accept a date unless he was willing to "show me his temple recommend". I'm not defending Peterson at all, but his tactic was very in line with the LDS single scene.

Aspen1713
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

To all the people asking why she didn't say "no," I'd add to Hot Fudge -- how about waiting for a "yes"? Just because someone doesn't actually say "no" doesn't entitle you to have sex with them. She told him she didn't want to go to Heber , he told her he had a gun. She asked to go home, he decided to rape her again. What about that exchange sounds like she ever said "yes"? ("Well, she never started screaming, she must have wanted it." - said every weirdo ever.) She said at one point he twisted her hair so hard she thought her neck was going to break. Do you really have to be told to NOT do that?

Gentlemen, if a woman does not seem 100% into what you're doing, asking if it's ok is a safe bet. Don't just rely on, "Well, she never said I COULDN'T do whatever I wanted." Assume that unless someone is saying, "Yes, let's do this!", they don't want to have sex.

There's a lot of creeps out in force today.

sanpaco
Sandy, UT

It doesn't say she never said "no" it says she can't recall having specifically said "no". What she did say however was that she didn't want to go in the first place because she had to teach primary, which was shot down and followed up by an implicit threat of gun violence, and it also says she was released until she had made repeated requests to be allowed to go home. Whether she actually said the word no or not in this case seems irrelevant and a poor defense. Its like Clinton asking for a definition of the word "is". Its obvious that his intent was to intimidate her into complying with what he wanted without any struggle and it worked and it also seems preetty obvious that had she said "no" she would have been raped. Cpt Kangaroo or whatever the defense lawyer's name is should be ashamed of herself for using such an obvious loophole. So much for justice.

coleman51
Orem, UT

I have only heard what the women have said about Peterson and not what his defense would have to say. I question this type of reporting. We are asked to judge this man through the press. We have a legal system that should be the ultimate judge of these matters. We don't have all information on this case and for sure, the press does not have either.

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